Should I Get A Mold Inspection When I’m Buying A House?

Purchasing a home is likely one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime, regardless if you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced home buyer. Most people opt to have a licensed home inspector perform an assessment on the homes condition including the interior, plumbing, electrical and Heating. But what about mold testing when buying a new home?

Home inspections are a wonderful way of discovering potential structural issues with a house, however, Home Inspections often do not include a mold inspection of the property.

Why is it important to get a mold inspection when buying a new home?

 

Mold & Structural Damage 

Over time, mold can pose structural damage to the framing of your home in the form of Dry Rot, which is wood that has fungus decay, reducing its structural integrity. Wood which has dry rot often needs to be replaced, whereas wood with surface mold can be cleaned and treated. Discovering a potential mold problem can save you thousands of dollars on costly repairs down the line.

Mold & Health Concerns

Mold brings with it potential health risks, these risks can be mitigated by a simple mold inspection before buying a home.

When exposed to mold, some potential health effects are throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, cough, and wheezing. Additionally, those with a mold allergy can experience allergy symptoms while in the home due to the constant exposure.

Some Mold Allergy Symptoms are:

  • Runny or Blocked Nose
  • Watery, Red Eyes
  • Dry Cough
  • Skin Rashes
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing

Severe mold reactions can also include shortness of breath and can worsen asthma or lung disease in those who have pre-existing conditions.

Purchasing a home is exciting, but it is important that we take precautionary steps to ensure that our homes are a clean, happy, safe and mold-free environment.